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Toward the Unknown (1956)

 -  Drama | History | Romance  -  October 1956 (USA)
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The trials and tribulations of a group of experimental aircraft test pilots at Edwards Air Force Base at the dawn of supersonic flight in the 1950s.

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Maj. Lincoln Bond
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Brig. Gen. Bill Banner
Virginia Leith ...
Connie Mitchell
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Col. 'Mickey' McKee
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Maj. Bromo Lee
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Lt. Gen. Bryan Shelby
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Lt. Col. Joe Craven
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2nd Lt. Sweeney
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Polly Craven
Bartlett Robinson ...
Senator Black
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Hank - Bell Technical Rep.
Ralph Moody ...
Harvey Gilbert
Maura Murphy ...
Sarah McKee
Carol Kelly ...
Debbie
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The trials and tribulations of a group of experimental aircraft test pilots at Edwards Air Force Base at the dawn of supersonic flight in the 1950s.

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HURTLING ACROSS THE HEAVENS AT 95,000 FEET! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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October 1956 (USA)  »

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Einst kommt die Stunde  »

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X-2 taxiing and takeoff shots were a mix of actual X-2 glide and powered flight footage. See more »

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Early in the film when Bond observes General Banner crash his aircraft, it's referred to as an "F-102". In reality the hulk that Banner is pulled from is a Convair XF-92, the experimental predecessor to the F-102 Delta Dart. See more »

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Brig. Gen. Bill Banner: [to Maj. Lincoln Bond] Even with torture, you're not the kind to crack.
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The U.S. Air Force
by Robert Crawford
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Brilliant Holden performance, gripping scenes
14 May 2001 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

William Holden emotes every aspect of his character so well that you forget he is 10 years too old for the role. With its focus on the rigors and emotions of test pilots, this would make an interesting companion piece for the right stuff. The military aspect of its time is well-conveyed and the supporting cast is strong. Worth watching.


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